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C. Diff - Clostridium Difficile Infection (Additional Information)

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CDI Infections in US Hospitals, January 2012 (pdf)

AHRQ Statistical Brief #124 shows steep increase in CDI (Clostridium Difficile Infections) in hospitals between 2001 and 2008, but declining in 2009. Detailed analysis of 2009 shows average age was 68 years, with very high rates in those age 85+. Survival rates show 9.1 percent died. Length of stay 13 days. Average cost per patient $24,400 (charges would be higher) and $8.2 billion for the year. Technical language; report by AHRQ using HCUP data; pub. 2012

Clostridium difficile 2010 survey of progress (APIC pdf)

Survey of Infection Preventionists in Feb-March 2010 reports progress in addressing C. difficile infection - a bacterium found in the intestines that can cause severe diarrhea and life-threatening intestinal conditions. Online survey of members in the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (about 14% response rate) was released in May 2010

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Canada - Ontario Hospital Ratings, 2009

myHospitalCare.ca shows hospital performance measures for survival rates (HSMR - hospital standardized mortality ratio), infection rates, emergency wait times, patient satisfaction in ER and acute care, maternity problems at labour and delivery, chronic care, mental health care, and rehab. Data from 2006 to 2009. Developed by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), a voluntary organization representing approximately 155 public hospital corporations. They do not encourage "comparison shopping" by patients, but hope to educate patients about available information and help them become more active participants in their care

South Dakota Hospital Quality Ratings and Patient Opinions - free

Compare quality of SD hospitals on heart attack, heart failure care, pneumonia, infections and complications in surgery patients, patient satisfaction recommendations, children's asthma (limited data); MRI, Mammogram, CT and other imaging scans; ER care, stroke, hip and knee ratings, some pregnancy & delivery scores. Readmission and survival ratings are also shown for heart and pneumonia. Site by SDAHO (hospital association) generally shows 2012-2013 data. Same data as reported to CMS HospitalCompare (time periods may differ), but here all hospitals are side-by-side. State average, national avg and best 10% scores are shown. Easy to use, can sort to get best scoring hospitals on top

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